The Dothan horror
It's estimated that several hundred false felony convictions, perhaps as many as a thousand, resulted from these frame-ups. Think about what that implies -- millennia of undeserved prison time. Some of the victims are still in prison.
In fairness, it's other officers who have now gone public what was going on -- but their first internal complaint about the group's practices dates back to 1998. They must have known for years that internal investigations were producing no results and that only national publicity could get anything done. Why did it take until 2015 to come forward? Didn't the knowledge that some of the victims were still languishing in prison make this an emergency?
I found out about this story from Zandar's blog, and Raw Story and Alternet have also posted reports, but frankly I'm surprised that it isn't up in headlines all over the internet. A thousand people framed by a police conspiracy in one small city, decades after the Civil Rights movement! And remember, whenever you find yourself asking what the hell is going on here, what you should really be asking is what the hell else is going on here. As Zandar points out, there's no reason to think Dothan is unique. Large areas of the country are rancid with this "neo-Confederate" mentality. If systematic framing of innocent people on this scale could happen in one town for years and only now come to light, it may well be happening in a lot of other places too.